Teachers demand Covid-19 allowance

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ZIMTA president Richard Gundane implored government to cancel this year's external examinations
ZIMTA president Richard Gundane implored government to cancel this year's external examinations

The largest teacher organisation, Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) wrote to President Mnangagwa demanding payment of Covid-19 allowance to teachers, TSTnews reports.

By Liberty Makusha

“ZIMTA advances and advocates for payment of risk allowances for the teachers who in their Loco-parentis role will be care givers of the first instance at school,” writes president of the association Richard Gundane.

Teachers called upon government to employ more educators in order to decongest large classes especially ECD which have up to 70 learners as this defeats implementation of social distancing and turn schools into Covid-19 epicentres.

ZIMTA president implored government to cancel this year’s external examinations and use other methods of assessment for awarding Grade 7, Ordinary level and Advanced level grades.

TSTnews learnt that teachers need government to provide schools with reliable, safe and portable running water and capacitate teachers to deal with Covid-19 cases that may arise at schools in order to help flatten the Covid-19 curve.

Gundane also advised government to ensure accessibility of Internet to remote schools so that e-learning can be accessed by all learners during Covid-19 pandemic.